Teen Tech Week™ is March 5–11, 2017 and the theme is "Be the Source of Change". Use these free tools to make Teen Tech Week a success at your library:
- Activitiy Ideas Toolkit — 50 ideas to try at your library
- Webinar Recordings — videos on topics including Developing Hands-On Learning Experiences for Teens, and TTW Activities for Older Teens
- Event Planning Toolkit — includes materials list, planning calendar, and more
- Publicity Toolkit — sample press release, sample letters to the editor, PSAs, and other tools to publicize TTW in your community
- Making in the Library Toolkit — provides materials and resources for programs (stealth programming, sewing, bicycle repair, etc.), outreach, and collections
- 25 Easy Tips for Teens — ideas for getting teens involved in Teen Tech Week at your library
- websites on youth empowerment & community service, STEM resources, and internet safety
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) (a division of the American Library Association) that's aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of digital media, especially the nonprint resources offered through libraries, such as e-books, e-readers, databases, audiobooks, and social media.
Millions of teens do not have access to a home computer and, were it not for libraries, would miss opportunities to gain important digital literacy skills. Libraries offer a bridge across the digital divide.Libraries also recognize that digital media plays an important part in a teens’ life. That is why more libraries than ever are helping teens build critical digital literacy skills, which they will use to obtain scholarships, secure jobs, effectively manage their online identity and more.